Spain’s Cava capital, Sant Sadurni d’Anoi, invites you to the annual Cavatast: a cava & gastronomy tasting fair held in October.
Chianti Classico Wine Festival takes place in September every year in Greve in Chianti, Italy.
Boccaccesca is a yearly food and wine extravaganza, attracting countless visitors to the narrow medieval streets of Certaldo Alto in October.
The St. Pauli Wine festival in Hamburg. Every year in August, you can enjoy wine, music, food, and the great Hamburg atmosphere.
Rioja Wine Harvest Festival in Logroño
Logroño organizes a ceremony where the new harvest is offered to Our Lady of Valvanera – La Rioja patron.
It’s the main date of the Rioja wine festival, and for one week, you can try delicious gastronomic delicacies, watch fireworks and sports and listen to concerts.
Rioja wine festival’s central area is Paseo del Espolón, but you find events all around the city, so look at the program and know what’s happening.
21 September is the principal feast day of San Mateo
On San Mateo day, 21 September, in the park Paseo del Espolon, you can see the ceremony where grapes from different vineyards are carried by hundreds of children and poured into a large wine barrel.
Be out early to get a good spot to see this.
The area is packed with people, and it usually starts around 12 o’clock, so try to be there at least one hour before.
When the barrel is filled with grapes, two men dressed in regional costumes and barefoot, treading the grapes in a large wooden tub.
With circular dance movements until they can fill a jug with the first juice that will be offered to the statue of the Virgin of Valvanera.
This is a solemn ceremony you can expect to see when you visit Rioja Wine Harvest Festival.
During the week, in social clubs known by the name peñas.
You’ll be able to try gastronomic products and see specific things for this region and Logroño.
Enjoy live music in the streets, firework displays and much more.
Places to stay and hotel tips
Hotel los Bracos is situated in the center of Logroño, very close to the famous Calle Laurel and cathedral and it features air conditioned rooms that have a classic style décor and free WiFi Internet.
This hotel serves a breakfast buffet daily and its restaurant is in the sign of Riojan cuisine with oriental touches.
Because of the fact that this city is in the center of many vineyards, even if you come before or after Rioja Wine Harvest Festival, you’ll find exquisite wines that are coming from this region.
The hotel is only a 15 minutes walk to the bus and train station.
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Wine Tasting in Tuscany
Half day and whole day tours with wine tasting in beautiful Tuscany.
Enjoy some good wine tasting in Tuscany.
A full or half-day tour is a combination of beautiful scenery and wine tasting in Tuscany – and the starting point of those tours is often from Florence.
The maximum number of people on each tour is limited, which means there’ll be a chance for you to experience this tour in the best way – everything gets more personal and, therefore, more enjoyable.
The trip starts with a scenic drive to a wine region that usually is just about an hour away from Florence or other start-points.
The scenery makes the start of this tour. You travel by beautiful green hills, vineyards and olive trees for which the region is famous.
Some tours take you to Chianti – a wine region between Florence and Siena and here you can taste some famous local wines – for example, Chianti Classico and Montespertoli.
The sommelier jumps in, explaining the wines’ characteristics and talking about the region, grape sorts and all things related to the ancient drink.
After visiting these wineries, it’s time for lunch!
Some tours have lunch at a traditional Tuscan restaurant; 3-course lunch, with drinks included in meals, so you’ll be able to try different sorts of Italian wines while you’re launching.
Returning to Florence or other start cities, you often visit a medieval town or two – such as San Casciano, San Gimignano or Sant’Andrea.
All this is, of course, followed by beautiful scenes of the region.
So if you’re a wine enthusiast visiting Italy, this should be an excellent suggestion for spending a day in one of the world’s most famous foods and drink regions.
Where to stay during your wine tasting journey ?
Depending on where you start the wine tasting tour in Tuscany, it can be good to plan where to stay while you’re here.
Florence is a good start point and a lovely city. Lots of hotels to choose from and a weekend here is perfect time.
Want to stay some days right in the middle of the Tuscany wine paradise?
Then you might try the fabulous Castello Di Velona.
A renovated castle from the 900s (10th century) with a beautiful setting and stunning views.
The restaurant is all gourmet and serves their own local qualitet and famous wines like Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino.
1500 m2 free wellness center with sauna and both indoor and outdoor pool.
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Hafengeburtstag, Port Birthday Festival in Hamburg, is the world’s biggest port festival. A celebration of the founding of Hamburg port
At the beginning of September, you should visit Frankfurt, Germany. Rheingau vintners are presenting their fine wines in the area of Frankfurt’s pedestrian shopping zone. Each year, there are more than six hundred wines and sparkling wines that you can taste on the spot – and they all are coming from the Rheingau region – offered at 30 wine stands. And for making a complete experience, organisers will also offer refreshments at food stalls to complement the wines. Rheingau Wine Festival will take place at Freßgass, Große Bockenheimer Straße/Opernplatz – and it’s a festival with a tradition of almost 40 years. That long tradition turns the venue into the longest wine bar globally and annually attracts several thousand visitors.
About Rheingau Wine Festival
At the beginning of September, you should visit Frankfurt, Germany.
Rheingau vintners are presenting their fine wines in the area of Frankfurt’s pedestrian shopping zone.
Each year, there are more than six hundred wines and sparkling wines that you can taste on the spot – and they all are coming from the Rheingau region – offered at 30 wine stands.
And for making a complete experience, organisers will also offer refreshments at food stalls to complement the wines.
Rheingau Wine Festival will take place at Freßgass, Große Bockenheimer Straße/Opernplatz – and it’s a festival with a tradition of almost 40 years.
That long tradition turns the venue into the longest wine bar globally and annually attracts several thousand visitors.
The Rheingau region
The Rheingau region runs west of Mainz, north of Rüdesheim and is considered one of the country’s most important wine-growing areas.
With around 3 thousand hectares of vineyards, the Rheingau region produced wines such as Riesling and Pinot Noir as far as Roman times.
So it’s not surprising that the area is so popular.
You are diving into the incredible journey of visiting small towns and villages along the Rhine; Monastery, the Germany Wine Academy, the historic winemaking town Rüdesheim and more.
Places to stay and hotel tips
Frankfurter Hof is a 19-century hotel situated just 5 minutes from the city’s Old Town and Opera.
Its restaurants offer Michelin star cuisine, and rooms are elegantly decorated, making an excellent mix of traditional and modern design.
This 5-star hotel has a Turkish bath and traditional barber’s shop, a spa with luxurious beauty treatments and a restaurant with delicious food.
It’s considered an excellent choice for travellers as it’s right next to the Willy-Brand Platz Station, while the city’s central station is just one stop away.
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About Stuttgarter Weindorf
Stuttgarter Weindorf is attracting people from all of Germany, Europe and even other continents to experience a uniquely peaceful and cosy atmosphere and, of course, the best wines and food from this district of Germany.
The festival area is packed with people every evening, so you better be early to get a good seat.
The evenings bring a pleasant atmosphere with the surroundings and sound of wining and talking people.
There is more space in earlier afternoons, and you can more easily go around and see what the different stands have to offer.
A long tradition that goes back a thousand years and an outstanding mild climate with ideal conditions produce some of the country’s best wines each year.
Weindorf was an idea made of small, local guesthouses run by winegrowers who served its wine products with homemade and traditional food.
So, the first festival gets birth from that idea in 1976.
It immediately became extremely famous – and visited by tourists, families, students and managers.
Good food, chocolates and wine
A few words about the food, as well.
On Stuttgarter Weindorf, you’ll find around 30 open-air restaurants and specialities from the region, including 500 local wines from Baden.
Some stands serve sweet delicacies and chocolates.
This festival has it all – tradition, quality and great atmosphere.
And that’s the best recommendation for visiting this beautiful German city in late August.
The location is in the city centre of Stuttgart – Marktplatz, Schillerplatz, Kirchstraße.
Motel One Stuttgart was our hotel during the festival.
It was perfect with excellent service.
Breakfast and the breakfast room was also delicious.
The position of this place is perfect for visiting attractions in central Stuttgart, such as the famous Königstraße shopping street and Stadtgarten park.
It’s only 5 minutes to walk to the train station.
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During the 10-day Artusiana Food and Wine Festival (Festa Artusiana), the Italian town of Forlimpopoli transformed into the capital of “eating well”.
It pays tribute to the town’s most famous local citizen, Pellegrino Artusi (1820 – 1911).
He is considered to be the father of modern Italian cooking.
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A wonderful mix of gastronomy, culture and entertainment takes place in the old town.
For the festival, the town’s streets, squares, and alleys are the names of the book chapters.
The main square becomes “Piazza Pellegrino Artusi.”
As well as reflecting on the importance of food and its contribution to culture.
Restaurants and tasting kiosks along the streets will provide a feast for the senses.
The festive atmosphere is complete with a range of shows, concerts, exhibitions, and other special events held throughout the ten days.
The festival collaborates with Casa Artusi, a gastronomic, cultural centre dedicated to Italian home cooking.
Cooking classes are held in Italian but can be in English and other languages for individuals and groups of up to 20 people.
How to get there
Although Bologna is only around an hour away, Forli’s closest airport is around 10 km north of Forlimpopoli.
It can also be reached by train, and the local train station is Forlimpopoli-Bertinoro.
More about Forlimpopoli
Forlimpopoli is located in the province Forli-Cesena in northeast Italy, just south of Forli, not far from the coastal town of Rimini.
It’s known as a food lover’s paradise, and it is a place where art and gastronomy blend perfectly together.
It’s a town rich in history and steeped in culture.